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Elena Glinskaya

Elena Glinskaya – The poisoned regent

Elena was born circa 1510 as the daughter of Prince Vasili Lvovich Glinsky and Princess Ana Jakšić. She was married to Vasili III of Russia on 21 January 1526, and reportedly she was chosen by Vasili for, “the beauty of her face and her young age.” To marry Elena Vasili had to divorce Solomonia Saburova and she was forced [read more]

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Mary of Guelders

Queens Regent – Mary of Guelders

A regent is “a person appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated.” Mary of Guelders was born around 1434 as the daughter of Arnold, Duke of Guelders, and Catherine of Cleves. Mary grew up at the court of Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy and his third wife [read more]

Catherine De'Medici

Queens Regent: Catherine de’ Medici

A regent is “a person appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated.” Catherine de’ Medici was born on 13 April 1519 as the daughter of Lorenzo II de’ Medici and Madeleine de La Tour d’Auvergne. She was orphaned just a month later when her mother died of either [read more]

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Blanche of France (1328 - 1382)

Queens Regent – Isabeau of Bavaria

A regent is “a person appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated.” Isabeau of Bavaria was born circa 1370 as the daughter of Duke Stephen III of Bavaria-Ingolstadt and Taddea Visconti. She was first proposed as a bride for Charles VI of France in 1383. She was to [read more]

Maria Christina of Austria
Elisabeth Franziska of Austria

Queens Regent – Maria Christina of Austria

A regent is “a person appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated.” Maria Christina of Austria was born on 21 July 1858 as the daughter of Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria. She was Princess-Abbess of the Theresian Royal and Imperial Ladies Chapter [read more]

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Isabella of France

Queens Regent – Isabella of France

A regent is “a person appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated.” Isabella of France was born around 1295 as the daughter of Philip IV of France and Joan I of Navarre. She was their only surviving daughter and all three her elder brothers later became Kings [read more]